DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – Call him the Jewish Johnny Appleseed.
Because the Torah requires every Jewish home to have a mezuzah on its door, a Daytona Beach rabbi is bringing adherence to the sacred book to countywide Jewish doors—by sticking the Torah-mandated sacred scroll to those doors, and free of charge.
Rabbi Pinchas Ezagui, 45, is on a mission.
“The Torah tells us the importance of mezuzos,” he says. “You sleep, G-d stands at the door: It’s a protection that will have an impact on the household to be more connected to G-d one way or another.”
According to Ezagui, there are close to 10,000 Jews comprising 1,800 families in Greater Daytona. That’s why Rabbi Ezagui, with the help of a major donor Pinchas & Eva Maman, is launching Campaign Mezuzah 1000 this coming Friday, January the 14th: to get as many regional Jews to put a mezuzah on their doors.
“It’s a wonderful aura of godliness that you bring into your house,” the rabbi says of mezuzos. “It has an impact on your soul and your entire household anywhere they may be in the world.”
The rabbi and his staff have their materials packed up and ready to go: Starting at approximately 1,200 mezuzos, neatly encased in weatherproof holders and stuffed into mailers with explanatory brochures, fill several large cardboard boxes at their synagogue.
But they’ll soon be gone. A mezuzah package will be mailed to every known Jewish household throughout greater Daytona—and it won’t cost receivers a dime.
And if you’re still not sure how to mount the mezuzah, or which door to put it on, the rabbi or an associate will be glad to come down to put it up for you, Rabbi Ezagui adds. “We’re definitely there for people who need help,” he says.
The mezuzah distribution is another project by The Esformes Chabad Center of Greater Daytona, the Jewish community center run by the Rabbi that comprises a synagogue, a private school and a community outreach center. Rabbi Ezagui, who has been in Daytona since 1993, is part of the international Chabad network, the world’s largest Jewish outreach organization.
For more information, call 386-672-9300 or e-mail [email protected]